T. R. Zeliang

Taditui Rangkau Zeliang (born 21 February 1952)[1] is an Indian politician of who served twice as the Chief Minister of Nagaland, a state in India, from May 2014 to February 2017 and from July 2017 to March 2018.[2] A leader of the Naga People's Front, T.R Zeliang took over the reins as Chief Minister of Nagaland following the shift of Neiphiu Rio to national-level politics. T.R Zeliang previously served as a Member of Parliament, representing Nagaland in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. Currently, he serves as the Leader of the NPF Legislature Party and Leader of Opposition in Nagaland Legislative Assembly.[3]

T. R. Zeliang
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10th Chief Minister of Nagaland
In office
19 July 2017 – 8 March 2018
GovernorPadmanabha Acharya
Preceded byShurhozelie Liezietsu
Succeeded byNeiphiu Rio
In office
24 May 2014 (2014-05-24) – 20 February 2017 (2017-02-20)
GovernorAshwani Kumar
Krishan Kant Paul
Padmanabha Acharya
Preceded byNeiphiu Rio
Succeeded byShurhozelie Liezietsu
Personal details
Born (1952-02-21) 21 February 1952 (age 69)
Mbaupungwa, Nagaland, India
Political partyNaga People's Front
Spouse(s)Kevizenuo Rangkau
ResidenceRangkau Mansion, Opp. ARTC Dimapur, Nagaland

Early life and educationEdit

T. R. Zeliang was born to Rangleu Zeliang at Mbaupunggwa Village under Peren District in 1952[4].[5] A Zeliang Naga, T. R. Zeliang matriculated from Don Bosco High School in Dibrugarh, Assam and served as the President of Zeliangrong Students Union, General Secretary of Zeliangrong Action Committee and Zeliangrong Youth Organisation while in College[4]. He later joined Politics and became the President of Peren District Youth Congress of the Indian National Congress.[6]

Political careerEdit

Zeliang contested the Nagaland Assembly elections of 1982 and 1987 unsuccessfully from 6 Tening Assembly Constituency[4].[7] He then won from Tening four times in a row beginning with the elections of 1989 as a candidate of the Naga Peoples' Council[4] and subsequently in 1993, 1998 and 2003 as a candidate of the Indian National Congress[4].[8][9] He served as Minister of State for Information and Tourism during 1989–90 and as Minister of State for Relief & Rehabilitation from 1994 to 1998. During 1998 – 2003, he was the Minister for Environment and Forests and Geology and Mining under the Ministry of S C Jamir[4]. [10] He formed Nagaland Congress in year 2003 and later merged it into Nagaland People's Front(NPF)[4]. From 2004 to 2008, he was a Member of Parliament to the Rajya Sabha from Nagaland[4]. Returning to State politics in 2008, he was Minister for Planning, Geology and Mining, Animal Husbandry and Parliamentary Affairs under the Ministry of Neiphiu Rio. He contested State elections 9 times out of which he lost the first two elections and won the remaining 7. He won the assembly elections of 2008, 2013 and 2018 from Peren.[11][12]

Chief Minister of NagalandEdit

T.R Zeliang was the Chief Minister of Nagaland from May 2014 to February 2017[4] and from July 2017 to March 2018 as 19th Chief Minister of Nagaland[4]. Currently, with 26 Legislators in a House of 60, T.R Zeliang leads the Opposition Party, the Naga Peoples' Front, the single largest Party in Nagaland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LEGISLATIVE BODIES IN INDIA". National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018: All you need to know about TR Zeliang". Moneycontrol News. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. ^ Election Commission of India: Statistical Report on General Election, 2003 to the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland Archived 29 May 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Who is T R Zeliang, the new chief minister of Nagaland". The Financial Express. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  5. ^ "LEGISLATIVE BODIES IN INDIA". National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  6. ^ "T R Zeliang at helm after four decades in Nagaland politics". Financial Express. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  7. ^ "BIO – DATA OF SHRI T. R. ZELIANG". Government of Nagaland. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  8. ^ "NAGALAND 6 – Tenning (ST) Assembly Constituency". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  9. ^ "TR Zeliang became 16th chief minister of Nagaland succeeding Neiphiu Rio". Times of India. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  10. ^ "TR Zeliang takes over as 16th chief minister of Nagaland". Times of India. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  11. ^ "TR Zeliang takes over as 16th chief minister of Nagaland". Times of India. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Declaration of Result – Peren" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Retrieved 27 May 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Neiphiu Rio
Chief Minister of Nagaland
24 May 2014 – 20 February 2017
Succeeded by
Shurhozelie Liezietsu
Preceded by
Shurhozelie Liezietsu
Chief Minister of Nagaland
19 July 2017 – 8 March 2018
Succeeded by
Neiphiu Rio